We have a lot to learn, from the Amish, about forgiveness and loving out enemies. H/T Get Religion.
Anna Eicher survived a highway pileup that killed her father and two others and left more than a dozen people injured, a crash triggered by a trucker who was distracted by his cell phone.
After four days in a hospital recovering from her injuries in the 2008 crash, Eicher returned to this Amish community in northeast Missouri to bury her father, then did what any good woman of her faith would do.
She forgave the trucker and refused to sue.
The crash was God’s will, she says, and using the courts is not the Amish way.
“We don’t believe in taking advantage of someone and taking their money,” she says.
So, she ignored the glitzy packets arriving in the mail from lawyers urging her to file a wrongful death suit.
She didn’t worry about the medical bills that were piling up from her own injuries – she was confident the trucking company would take care of them. Soon after the crash, a man from the trucking company’s insurer told her to send him all the bills.
“English people told us not to worry about it, they would be paid,” Eicher said, using the term the Amish bestow on outsiders. “We assumed they were paid.”
Then, this fall, the same bills started up again. One letter seemed particularly menacing, printed on bright fuchsia paper.
Pay up, the letters said.”
The Amish are a remarkable people. We have seen it before.